An updating of The Knolls Golf Course, both inside and out, is the major project underway for Omaha’s city golf division.
The city, which has owned the 18-hole course at 120th Street and Old Maple Road since its annexation in 1998, took over its operation last December after 27 years of private management.
City Golf Manager Bob Baber said Dave Malone, formerly at the Country Club of Lincoln, has been hired as head golf professional. Tom Baker, who oversaw the Field Club grounds for many years, is the new course superintendent.
On the Knolls course, cart paths, bridges, ponds and drainageways have been repaired. Fence lines have been cleaned up.
“First and foremost, we want to be good neighbors with those who have homes on the course,” Baber said. “We had a great number of volunteer trees we had to remove.”
The clubhouse is being remodeled, with most work expected to be ready to show off on May 11 when the city holds its annual Golf Open House there.
Baber said 72 carts have been purchased, along with new mowing equipment.
Here are the improvements, he said, at the city’s other three 18-hole courses:
>> Elmwood Park: New cart paths. Dredging of the pond on the second hole that deepens the water by 6 feet. Tee boxes have been improved, with stone retaining walls that match the park’s other structures on holes 4, 6, 8, 10 and 15. New bathrooms in clubhouse. Removal of diseased trees and stumps.
>> Benson Park: New front gate, 72 new carts, additional forward tee boxes. Cart path repairs and tree work.
>> Goodman: New irrigation and mounding on the right side of the par-5 second fairway, where the pond also has been restored. Cart path repairs and tree work.
>> Nine-hole courses: Tree work, largely because of pine wilt.
“We’re dedicated to reinvesting in our courses,” Baber said. “When we get our new carts, all the 18-hole courses will have gotten new fleets in the past two years.”
Baber said the city wants to start senior leagues at Benson Park and the Knolls. An organizational meeting is set for 9 a.m. April 16 at Benson Park, 5333 N. 72nd St. Later this summer, a “Ladies 101” program for novice golfers will be added.
Lemek a three-time winner at Bradley
Danielle Lemek of Doniphan has flourished in the No. 1 position on the Bradley women’s golf team by winning three events in her freshman season, including the Braves’ home invitational this past weekend.
The four-time Nebraska high school state champion, whose worst score this season is 79, also won the Butler Fall Classic and the Islander Classic that was held in late February. After each of those first two wins, Lemek was the Missouri Valley Conference women’s golfer of the week.
Today is last call for tournament dates
For tournaments, scrambles, fundraisers and other golf events (those open to the public only) to be listed in the 2013 schedule that will appear in Saturday’s Midlands Golf preview section, they need to be submitted today (Tuesday) to The World-Herald.
Golf courses and clubs that already have their tournament listings posted on the Nebraska Golf Association website do not need to respond.
Send tournament information by email to email@example.com or by fax to 402-444-1238.
— Stu Pospisil